Professor Pyong Gap Min Presents Research on 2010 Census Data


On February 21, 2012 Pyong Gap Min, Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center at CUNY and Director of the Research Center presented - "Growth and Settlement Patterns of Korean Americans, 1990-2010 (Research Report 4)" (재미교포의 인구성장과 정착 양상, 1990-2010) at KCS. Min's presentation examined Korean population growth and settlement patterns from 1990 to 2010, and particularly focused on Koreans in the New York-New Jersey Consolidated Metropolitan Area.  Min’s presentation was part of regular series of seminars hosted by the Center.


2012 Dissertation Fellowship Recipients Announced

On May 5, the Research Center for Korean Community's 6-member Dissertation Scholarship Committee selected its four recipients for this year's Dissertation Scholarships. The 2012 Global Society of Korea and America Dissertation scholars are as follows:

Minjung Ryu (University of Maryland, College  Park, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership)

Dissertation Title: “Revisiting the Silence of Korean Immigrant Students: How Korean Immigrant Students Negotiate Identities, Discourses, and Learning in Science Classrooms”

Kimberly McKee (The Ohio State University, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Women’s Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies)

Dissertation Title: “The Transnational Adoption Industrial Complex: An Analysis of Nation, Citizenship, and the Korean Diaspora”

Young A Jung (George Mason University, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Cultural Studies; Korea University, Ph.D 2003, Department of Korean Language and Literature)

Dissertation Title: “Emplacing Parenting: Migration and Belonging among Korean kirogi Families”

So-Young Lee (Brandeis University, Ph.D. Candidate, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Health Policy)

Dissertation Title: “Impact of Maternal Education Attainment Status on Birth Outcomes by Maternal Nativity Status of Korean Americans”

Pyong Gap Min, Director of the Center said, "Competition for the scholarships this year was very strong.  As a result, four very promising doctoral students were selected as recipients."  

The Committee was initially meant to select three recipients, each receiving $3,000. However, due to the strong applications of both the third and fourth-place candidates, the Committee decided to award both, each receiving $1,500.

Six recipients of last and this year's Dissertation Scholarships are scheduled to participate in a one-day conference to be held on November 17, 2012 - at Queens College tentatively. The six Dissertation Scholars are expected to present their papers based on portions of their dissertations. 

The Global Society for Korea and America (President: Hyun Suk Kang) provides a fund of $9,000 for the Fellowships. Every year, the Research Center publicizes the Scholarships, collects applications, and selects three recipients.  The Research Center also supports the recipients' visits to New York City for the conference. 


International Professors

Argentina Korean Community

On January 17, 2012, two professors from other countries gave presentations at the Center’s lecture series. Carolina Mera, Professor of Anthropology and Director of Graduate Social Research Institute at Buenos Aires University, gave a lecture on “The Korean Community in Argentina.” Following her, Kyoung Ha Park, Professor of History and Director of Cultural Contents and Technology Research Center at Choong-Ang University in Korea, gave a presentation on “The Current Status and Future Prospects of Multicultural Studies in Korea.”


Award from KAAGNY

Award from KAAGNY

At a gala held on January 13, 2012, Korean American Day, The Korean American Association of Greater New York gave the Community Service Award to Pyong Gap Min, Director of the Center. He was one of four recipients of the Community Service Award. KAAGNY cited his exceptional academic achievements and community services through the Research Center as reasons for selecting him as one of the recipients of the award. In August 2011, Min also won the “Honorable Mention” (runner-up) Award in the Thomas Znaniecki Book Award competition for his book Preserving Ethnicity through Religion in America: Korean Protestants and Indian Hindus across Generations from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association.


Bibimbap World Tour Group

Bibimbap Tour

The Research Center hosted the Bibimbap World Tour group at Queens College on December 12, 2011. A group of five Korean college students traveled all over the world (mostly to well-known universities and other organizations) to publicize bibimbap, a healthy Korean dish consisting of rice, meat, and vegetables, which are mixed with gochujang, a Korean hot paste. Queens College was the group’s 99th and final stop on the tour outside of Korea. The students planned to have their 100th and last bibimbap demonstration in Seoul upon returning to Korea. Approximately 400 Queens College students and faculty/staff members attended the power point demonstration about the health benefits of bibimbap. At the conclusion of the presentation, bibimbap was served, to the delight of the attendees. Several local politicians and Queens College President James Muyskens gave congratulatory remarks to members of the tour group and the participants.


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